Texas Tech University

Call for Humanities Center Proposals

January 6, 2015

As announced just before the holiday break, the Humanities Center at Texas Tech has been established to serve as a nucleus for humanistic inquiry and begins its activities this month with financial support provided by the President, the Vice President of Research, and the Provost. As its inaugural activity, the newly constituted Humanities Center invites proposals for individual humanities research projects, for reading groups, and for a team to help create next year's annual themed activities.

Specific calls are below for the three kinds of endeavors. The deadline for proposals for Individual Humanities Projects and Humanities Reading Groups is January 26, 2015; for the Twenty-first Century Humanities at Texas Tech team, the deadline is February 5, 2015. Applications should be submitted in PDF format (one PDF document per application) directly to, Dorothy Chansky by the appropriate date.

Recipients of support will be announced by February 23, 2015.

 

Individual Humanities Research Projects

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech, which serves as a nucleus for humanistic inquiry, is pleased to offer the Humanities Fellowship, a competitive award of $2000 in support of faculty research in any facet of the humanities. Funding may be used for travel, materials, teacfhing, etc. Proposals must indicate a clear trajectory of scholarly outcomes; and, successful applicant(s) must present their research at a fall 2015 event sponsored by the Humanities Center.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 26, 2015. Each application should include the following components, all in a single PDF file to dorothy.chansky@ttu.edu:

  1. A proposal of no more than 500 words describing the project and its intended impact.
  2. A brief c.v. (no more than two pages). Applicants who reside outside "traditional" humanities disciplines should include a brief justification of how their research relates to the humanities.

Humanities Reading Groups

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech solicits proposals from faculty members across disciplines to convene groups discussing a particular book that has had significant impact upon culture, society, history, humanity, and/or the planet. In order to strengthen our intellectual community and stimulate critical conversations among disciplines, the Center welcomes books that address the challenges and opportunities of the humanities in the twenty-first century, bridge gaps among humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and/or explore different forms and aspects of human experiences.

Successful applicants will select discussion group members from among volunteers and convene the group at least three times during the semester. Each group may use $500 to cover the cost of books and for light refreshments during the meetings.

The deadline for submission is January 26, 2015. Each application should include the following components in a single PDF file and should be sent as an attachment to dorothy.chansky@ttu.edu:

  1. A proposal of no more than 500 words presenting the book to be discussed and explaining how the book group will advance the mission of the Center for the Humanities.
  2. A brief CV (no more than two pages). Applicants who reside outside "traditional" humanities disciplines should include a brief explanation of how their research/teaching relates to the humanities.

Twenty-first Century Humanities at Texas Tech

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech invites team proposals from faculty for its inaugural year program, 2015-16, which will engage issues and topics central to the humanities in the twenty-first century. Committed to promoting integrated learning, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and innovative research at the university and beyond, the Center fosters the exploration of different dimensions of human experiences, changing meanings and directions of the humanities, and knowledge production on a global or a planetary scale. The successful team, which may include scholars from outside traditional humanities disciplines, will meet during spring 2015 to plan a year-long program to be implemented during the 2015-16 academic year. This program should advance the Center's mission by initiating conversations among disciplines, fostering cutting edge research, as well as facilitating exchanges between the university and other institutions in the nation and around the globe.

In order to foster broad collaboration, proposals must come from a team of four faculty members who reside in at least three different departments. Team members may come from "traditional" humanities disciplines or from other departments, as long as their research falls within the humanities broadly defined. The successful team will have a budget of $5,500 for use in Spring 2015 to develop the project in collaboration with an advisory group from the Humanities Center. In addition, team members will be each be compensated with an honorarium of $500. The successful team will have an anticipated budget of $35,000 to realize its proposed program fro 2015-2016.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 5, 2015. Each application should include the following components, all in a single PDF file, and should be sent to dorothy.chansky@ttu.edu.

  1. An abstract summarizing the project, of no more than 250 words.
  2. A proposal describing the project and its intended impact, of no more than 1,000 words.
  3. A budget outlining how the project development funds ($5,500) will be used.
  4. Brief CVs for each team member (no more than two pages each). Team members who reside outside "traditional" humanities disciplines may wish to include a brief justification of how their research relates to the humanities.

Questions may be sent to Board member Jorgelina Orfila or to Director Dorothy Chansky.